The popular Charles Burrell Museum reopens for the season

Steam engines on show at the Charles Burrell Museum open day. Picture: Rebecca Murphy

Steam engines on show at the Charles Burrell Museum open day. Picture: Rebecca Murphy - Credit: Archant

Engines in steam, working models and an Easter egg hunt were some of the many activities available as a popular Breckland attraction reopened for the season.

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The smell of the steam was in the Thetford air as the Charles Burrell Museum held its annual open day.

People of all ages, some who were visiting for the first time and those who'd been before, were able to enjoy a traction engine ride around the town.

The Charles Burrell Museum's annual open day. The museum is now open every Saturday and Tuesday. Pic

The Charles Burrell Museum's annual open day. The museum is now open every Saturday and Tuesday. Picture: Rebecca Murphy - Credit: Archant


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The museum's marquee engine, the Queen Mary was on display, alongside Buster, Bressingham Steam Museum's steam roller and model engines.

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Dad's Army platoon members and Captain Mainwaring, from the town's Dad's Army Museum, was also around to welcome people and show them Corporal Jones's van - the original vehicle from the television series.

Janet Turner, museum manger, said: 'We have done really well. I am just so pleased that people have come along and supported us.'

Doreen Savage, from Great Yarmouth, meets Captain Mainwaring, Mick Whitman, and a Home Guard platoo

Doreen Savage, from Great Yarmouth, meets Captain Mainwaring, Mick Whitman, and a Home Guard platoon member, John Thurman, at the Charles Burrell Museum open day. Picture: Rebecca Murphy - Credit: Archant

She also praised the hard work of the volunteers who worked during the close season to maintain the engines and help with improvements to the museum - including building a new storage area.

She added: 'If it was not for the band of volunteers we have here it would not be possible to open. We have put so much work into it.'

The museum is now open every Saturday, from 10am until 3pm, and every Tuesday from 10am until 2pm.

Bookings for private showings can be made by contacting the museum.

Volunteers are always wanted, for more information click here or search Charles Burrell Museum on Facebook.

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